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Volume 17, Issue 4

July/August 2012

WAC ON TRACK

* WAC 15th ANNIVERSARY * * END OF YEAR BBQ * The Club is a multifunctional organization whose purpose is to meet the social, educational, and personal needs of its members. The Club is designed to encourage international friendship, support, and sharing.

Women’s Activity Club Winterthurerstrasse 18 8610 Uster 043 305 9250

www.wac.ch


Volume 17, Issue 4 WAC Board of Directors Good communication between the board members and the membership of the WAC is important for the continued growth and improvement of the club. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us. President Carol Conzelmann 044 940 02 93 carolconzelmann@gmail.com

July/August 2012 Editor’s Note

Stacy Streuli

It’s now July and soon the school year will come to a close - and with it the teachers, volunteers, board members, office, and everyone who works tirelessly for the WAC and LTC will get to take a much deserved holiday! The big news of course is that the WAC BBQ was a resounding success! A massive amount of work and organization went into pulling it off, and I commend the effort of our fantastic Board as well as all of the volunteers who painted faces, ran the games, organized, and cleaned up. Thank you! And happy 15th Anniversary to the WAC!

Vice President Stephanie Weber st_hayes@yahoo.com

We are saying goodbye to Swapna Patil as the Special Events Chairperson, and hello to Kalpana Jaiswal! A little intro from Kalpana can be found inside. Thank you Swapna for a job well done!

Secretary Susan Junod susan susan@sjunod.com

And lastly for those from the USA away from home on the 4th of July, here is an easy flag craft that anyone can do. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until 1st of August for the big fireworks shows!

Treasurer Leong See Wong-Fischer aoisora@wongfischer.com

**And remember to read the WAC on Track online for the full-color verson** www.wac.ch

Activities Chairperson Heike Adler locodoro@aol.com

Crayon-resist Flag Craft:

Marketing Chairperson Angie Menendez 079 258 53 18 Membership Chairperson Susan Mailley-Smith susanmailleysmith@yahoo.co.uk

Hours:

WAC Office MWF 9:15-12:15

Club Office Manager Jennifer Langkjaer 043 305 9250 com@wac.ch Learning Tree School Hours: Mon.- Thurs. 9:00-12:00 School Director Ida Imbach 043 305 9250 LTCSchool@wac.ch imbach@gmx.net

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Gather  your  materials.  For  this  flag   you  will  need  some  white  paper,  a   white  crayon  ,  blue  and  red  paint   and  a  paint  brush. Using  your  white  crayons  draw  lots   of  long  stripes,  leaving  the  area  for   the  stars  blank.  Then  add  the  stars.  This  can   be  hard  to  do  but  remember  to  press  hard  so  that  there  is  a  lot  of   wax Carefully  paint  with  blue  paint  over  JUST  the  stars. Carefully  with  red  paint  paint  over  the  stripes.  If  the  stripes  or  stars   aren’t  showing  through  keep  wiping  off  any  extra  paint  and  the   crayon  should  appear.

Advertising Rates Full page ad: Half page ad: Quarter page ad: Inserts: Classifieds:

150 Sfr. 80 Sfr. 50 Sfr. 150 Sfr. Members: 10 Sfr. Non Members 30 Sfr. WAC Notice board : (one month / max. size A5 / members: free. Please contact office for further information.) “WAC on Track” Deadlines and Contributions If you have a story to share, a fun experience, a recommendation, a joke, or anything else you’d like to share with other members, please email it to: stacystreuli@gmail.com. DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE: 20 AUGUST


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President’s Note

July/August 2012

Carol Conzelmann

Dear WAC friends, By the time you're reading this, the annual WAC BBQ will be just a (hopefully great) memory - look out for Stephanie's write up of this special day in this month's edition.   The WAC school year is drawing to a close, so it's a good moment to thank our wonderful team of teachers led by our Head Teacher Ida for their hard work and dedication. If I ever find being a mom hard work, I just have to go upstairs on a weekday morning at around 11.45am and watch the pre-schoolers skipping out of their classrooms, clutching their latest craft with pride and beaming huge happy smiles. It makes me remember how lovely our children are - and how happy I am that the WAC is here to take them off our hands (and in such a productive and fun way!) for a few valuable hours each week. Thanks also Christina who leads our PTA and all the class volunteers who help to make the WAC such a great place for our kids to be.   Stacy Streuli as our new WAC on Track editor has been amazing getting used to the job so quickly, and it's a joy to see our monthly magazine full of interesting articles and useful information. Thanks Stacy - I know it's hard work but it is appreciated. Pamela Sherry took on the crucial but often taken for granted job of Interior/Exterior and has already had a significant impact in this job. Thanks Pamela for tidying up the garden and I know you'll be hard at work sanding tables whilst we're all on holiday!    I'm delighted to report that we have lots of new things happening at the WAC once we get back from the holidays. Nancy Dodds has started a regular moms' night in which is planned to happen once every 2-3 months, Susan Junod will be launching a dinner club and Angie Menendez is planning a craft evening. During July, don't forget that Sue Mailley-Smith will be at the Niederuster Badi every Tuesday (weather permitting) from around 12-3pm with a WAC sign - so if you're missing the WAC and some company, come along - everyone is very welcome.   I hope you all have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you 'back to the WAC' after the holidays. Carol

COM Corner

Jennifer Langkjaer

The WAC and LTC School will be closed for the summer holidays July 14-August 20. Over the summer we will be clearing out and cleaning up. Please be sure to take home all of your family’s belongings. Don’t forget to check the lost and found box located outside the office. Have a great summer!


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Vice-President’s Note Dear WAC members, June has been a very busy month for the WAC, as we gear up for Summer break 2012. The BBQ and Raffle will take place soon and I can promise you that both are events you don’t want to miss! It takes the work of many hands to make these events happen and I would like to thank the following people for their contributions and/or donations to the Raffle.

Jessica Bachofen Judy Burkhardt Carol Conzelmann Sybi!e Ha!er Ida Imbach Kalpana Jaiswal Susan Ke!er Cornelia Ke!y April Ko!er Anouk Wehli Kummer Jennifer Langkajaer Sue Mai!ey-Smith

Stephanie Weber Angie Menendez Swapna Dani Patil Stacy Streuli Marcia van Veen-Huisman Ana Wyman A special thank you to April Koller. Without her guidance and hard work, this raffle wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks in advance to those who volunteer to sell tickets and distribute prizes. I may have forgotten someone. My apologies if I did. Please know your efforts are greatly appreciated. I hope you have something special planned for the break. We welcome hearing about your adventures. My family and I will be traveling and visiting friends. I hope to spend our fair share of time at the badis as well. Hope to see some friendly WAC faces there. -Stephanie


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End of Year BBQ Few events bring to mind summer like a BBQ attended by over 200 friends. Add jumpy castles, an appearance by Mickey Mouse and a large balloon release, and it becomes a truly spectacular summer event. On Saturday, June 30, we celebrated the beginning of summer and the end of the school year, as well as the WAC’s 15th anniversary! That’s fifteen years of providing an environment where members from all walks of life can come together to support one another and to share knowledge. About anything and everything. The day’s festivities included pony rides, face painting, family games, bingo, ZUMBA for kids, and a potluck buffet. Many families also took advantage of the professional portrait sessions offered by Morwareed and Farooq Haq to capture the moment. There are so many things I like about this organization but at the top of my list is how anything I can think of that would make my life easier – i.e., exercise classes, events for my children, or babysitting while I take German classes – is readily at hand. And where else would you find Mickey Mouse holding a meet and greet in the woods? -Stephanie Weber


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LTC School News

Ida Imbach

Summer is here! Another great school year is coming to an end. But, don’t worry a new and exciting one is just around the corner! The enrollments are still going on. Please give me your forms before the end of this school year. The classes are filling up but we still have some spaces available. As I said in the past, if you have a problem with our schedule or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will try to do my best to help you. We will continue to offer the lunch club on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If there is enough interest on Fridays, we may add that day too. So, if you are interested please advise Jen or me. Before we all go off on our summer holidays, the teachers and I would like to say a BIG Thank you to Kristina Linkomo and her PTA board and class reps! You have been a very supportive and active team. Kristina will continue to lead the PTA next school year. If you are interested in being on her team or continuing as a class rep, please advise either one of us. The teachers and I would like to thank the children and parents for making this last school year a happy, successful one! We look forward to seeing you all again after the break. I would like to thank the great team we have – Jen, Liz and most especially our wonderful teachers who have made the last school year an exciting and fun year!! Now – go and try and catch the sun whenever or wherever you can! HAVE A NICE SUMMER BREAK!

Big Bubble Wand Bubble Solution: BIG BUBBLE SOLUTION By Vivienne Burckhardt

This summer I ran out of bubble solution for my big Bubble Wand. I tried Swiss Bubble Solution, but it was too thin. So my Mommy & I experimented making our own Bubble Solution. After 3 times, it worked. Here is our recipe:

¼ cup (60 ml) room temperature simple syrup* or 95% pure Glycerin ½ cup (120 ml) Dishwashing Liquid ¼ cup (60 ml) Distilled Water Stir it up well. For smaller bubble wands, you can add an extra cup of water. *simple syrup is just 2 cups of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of boiling water.


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LIBRARY NEWS Judy Burckhardt

Dear Members, Not so many hot new movies to buy this month. But we did get a few funny ones: Tower Heist (with Eddie Murphy & Ben Stiller) and Zoo Keeper (with Kevin James). If you are into horses, check out Buck --- documentary about the real life Horse Whisperer, Buck Brannaman. Adults & children might enjoy A Monster in Paris --- a French cartoon about a singing giant flee & his friends who try to keep him safe from the police. Other children new releases are The Muppets & Happy Feet #2. Fans of Veggie Tales can look forward to Veggie Tale Pirates. And for our dinosaur fans, there are 2 more new Land Before Time DVD’s. Lastly for parents who liked our first Leap Frog DVD, I found another Leap Frog DVD that has great reviews too: Leap Frog Maths Adventure – Moon. Have a wonderful & safe summer vacation! Hope to see you in the Fall! Warm Regards, J Judy

New Special Events Chairperson Dear WAC Members

My name is Kalpana Jaiswal. I am from India, living in Switzerland for past six years. I am a home maker and proud mother of a five year old son. I live in Uster together with my son and husband. I am a diploma holder in Interior Designing and like to read Interior Designing related books, articles and tips on internet. In my spare time I try to follow Indian Stock Market. My hobbies include cooking, listening to music and watching good Hollywood and Bollywood movies. I have been a WAC Member since year 2010, ever since my son attended his first class in the preschool. From the onset, I liked WAC as a mother and as a woman. WAC provides joyful learning experience to my son. To me WAC gives opportunities to meet fellow parents and WAC members, socialize and participate in various activities that it organizes periodically. In past, I have enjoyed volunteering as WAC librarian. For the forthcoming academic year, I have volunteered to organize special events here. I look forward to your encouragement and support in this endeavor!


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Sharon’s Tips

Some more holiday fun:

The ZVV (public transport network for the greater Zurich area) is offering a special children’s Holiday Pass for the whole 5 weeks of the summer break. It costs only Fr. 20.- for ages 6 – 16 years old, and is valid for unlimited travel throughout the ZVV network (Scha)ausen to Rapperswil, Elk to Dietikon) -- on all trains, buses, trams, ships and cable cars that are within this ZVV area. And besides just using the train or bus, there are an additional 60 or more places that offer a discounted, or free, entrance when using the FerienPass: e.g. free and unlimited entry into the Zürich Zoo, free entry into all Zurich museums, free mini golf at Milandia, Technorama for Fr. 5.-, a free Rodelfahrt at Atzmännig etc. etc. Check out the details yourself: http://ausflugstipps.zvv.ch/ zvv_ferienpass_de.cfm Bring your child’s ID and a passport-photo to the nearest SBB Ticket counter, and buy the ZVV FerienPass for Fr. 20.-. When you receive the ticket, you will also get a booklet listing the specials and vouchers. This is incredibly good value for money, even if you are here for only part of the holidays. Have a great sunny break, and see you in August.

Activit ies at t he WAC for Kid s and A dults Contact

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Readers Gone WACky Alice Knöpfel

In May the Readers Gone WACky read Nemesis by Philip Roth. Members gave this novel high marks for literary artistry; but because of the dark subject matter, omens of disaster and feelings of doom, it was not pleasant reading material. The story centers on Bucky Cantor, a young, physically fit gym teacher who is supervising summer playground activities in 1944 when the polio virus hits. As one healthy boy after another succumbs to the disease, Bucky initially tries to boost his troop’s morale, but eventually gives in to pressure from his girlfriend and joins her at a disease free summer camp in the mountains to direct water activities. Bucky is a poor orphan raised by his grandparents while his girlfriend comes from a privileged background. Her devotion to Bucky and his acceptance into her family seem almost too good to be true. Indeed, Bucky’s life is full of blessings which he always remembers to count. So when Bucky is eventually stricken with polio we are not surprised, and savor the sadness of his life as it unfolds post polio more fully for knowing the depth of his pre polio happiness. Members commented on the literary brilliance of the novel while also noting that the use of a narrator, not revealed until well into the story, was confusing and disruptive to the narrative. The writing style itself seems to reflect the style of the time in the novel, which readers found contrived. Members especially enjoyed the characterization of fear in the book, especially the fear of parents for their children. Roth successfully evokes the atmosphere of a small New Jersey town and creates interesting characters which, however, are just a little bit too perfect. This element along with the simple plot line gave the book a “naïve” feeling, making it more of a fairy tale or fable than a novel. Members discussed Bucky as a tragic figure and how feelings of guilt and responsibility controlled his life. The concept of “nemesis” was explored and members agreed that polio had become Bucky’s nemesis, turning his virtues into vices while transforming his once powerful body into a painful burden. All in all members recommend this book for those who are ready to read a powerful dark tale. The Readers Gone WACKy will meet on Wednesday, June 20 to discuss A Paris Wife and The Sun Also Rises. In July members will celebrate another year of friendship and good reading with the annual Readers Gone WACky dinner. On September 5th book club members will discuss a book yet to be determined. In October the club will review The Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at 20:00 in the lounge. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!!!! Please contact Alice Knöpfel (044 912 2326 aknoepfel@swissonline.ch) for more information.


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Fun in the Sun! In July and August, WAC members will be meeting up every Tuesday afternoon from 12 - 3pm at the Strandbad Niederuster. This is a lovely 'Badi' on the banks of the Greifensee, with a great play area for children, a splash

pool, 2 large pools, the lake itself and a cafe.  There are

toilets, showers and changing facilities and an entry fee of 4 CHF just for adults. Seeweg 5, 8610 Uster

Come and join us with a picnic lunch and a blanket, or just for a play and a splash around

- whatever you and your children feel like doing!  Look out for the WAC flag to find us and have some fun. For more information about these meet ups, please call Sue Mailley-Smith on 078 624 3903, or send an email to susanmailleysmith@yahoo.co.uk.  

Please note, this meet up will be cancelled in the event of bad weather! We look forward to seeing you there.

ALL ABOARD! Take your children on a ride they’ll never forget! A trip on a historic steam train! Travelling in the Züri-Oberland between Bauma and Hinwil, the train transports you and your children back in time. All passengers even receive a historic cardboard train ticket. The cost varies between 10chf round trip for the shortest journey, to 35chf round trip for the longest, depending of course on your child’s age and level of interest. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.dvzo.ch/ (in German) 15 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September (and further dates)


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Girl’s Club Jana Parkin

July/August 2012

Girls Club finished off the year strong with a wonderful time being had at Camp Himmelreich and a successful Lemonade stand at the WAC BBQ. Neither event would have been possible without the help of all the mothers who choose to get involved. Thank you ladies! Also a special thanks to all those who purchased some of our refreshing lemonade and helped support our girl’s entrepreneurial adventure.

We are now signing up for the next school year. If you are interested in your daughter joining us please see the sign-up sheet on the board. Girls Club offers a monthly opportunity for girls ages 5 and older to making some English speaking friends, have lots of fun, and learn some English terms that might not come up as often in regular dialogue as we discuss different themes in a fun and welcoming environment. Past themes have included: Heat and baking, learning to sing, frostbite and dressing warm, sharing around the world and our latest-how does a business work. Parents are encouraged to volunteer when they can as we provide positive role models for our children as well as the others in the group. Girls Club offers the girls a chance to relate to other adults (as well as English speaking friends) a part from their parents. After all, it takes a village to raise a child and we hope you’ll come join our little community. Our first meeting of the new school year will be held on September 1st. For any questions please email me at JanaAParkin@gmail.com.

Do You Love Cheese? How about a visit to the Appenzeller Schaukäserei? Admission is Free! You can follow the manufacture of Appenzeller cheese from the visitors’ gallery, looking straight down into the 6,500-litre cheese vat where the milk is prepared and the cheese harp is drawn through the thickened jelly. The sight of 13,500 cheese wheels six metres below, where a robot takes care of them, is impressive. The film in several languages (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish) in the Dairy Cinema provides additional information. Or bring along your iPad for an interactive tour (add’l fee). April bis Oktober 08.30 bis 18.30 Uhr Appenzeller Schaukäserei Dorf 711 CH-9063 Stein AR http://www.schaukaeserei.ch


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Lunch Club A Two Hour Supervised Lunch Break for you and your kids! Mon-Tues-Thurs Cost: 15chf per child/per day, payable monthly in advance to the office. Parents are responsible for their own child’s sack lunch.

11:45-13:45

Mothering Matters is a non-profit, bi-monthly journal for English- speaking parents living in Switzerland with articles and information on child-rearing topics, suggestions and practical tips for child-related activities. A year’s subscription costs SFr. 33. For more information, or to subscribe, go to www.mmjournal.com

Please fill in a registration form at the WAC or wee our website for more info.

THE WAC DAY EXCURSIONS BOOK For all those excursions around Zurich and beyond, don’t forget the revised WAC Excursion Book, listing great days out in and around the Zurich area. Available from the office or library for just 15 SFr.


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PLAYGROUPS for   more   information   contact   Danny   Levy   Hoffmann:   danna.levy.hoffmann@gmail.com

little feet MONDAYS 2-4 pm Little Feet welcomes children 0-2 years old Mums, Dads, Carers and kids, please come along for free play, fun, and songs. New members always welcome. Little Feet is hosted by Laura Wigley and Anna Maree Smith. 6CHF per family, or 10CHF for non-WAC members.

Zoom Zoom Zoom ! • • • •

Lots of singing, dancing, and moving Story time or theme discussion Bilingual-English with beginning German introduction For kids aged 1-3 and their care givers Every Tuesday starting at 9:30-11:15

* SUMMER HOLIDAYS - 14 JULY UNTIL 19 AUGUST

Disclaimer: Members, their families and guests are reminded that participation in WAC activities is entirely on their own discretion and/or risk. Neither the Women’s Activity Club nor its representatives shall be held responsible for damage, injury or loss incurred by the use of Club property or participation in club events.


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Playgroup   News Danna   Levy   Hoffmann

Hi  playg)oupers! We  have  had  such  a  wonderf8l  year  playg)oup  wise.  Lots  of  new   faces,  lots  of  old  faces,  lots  of  f8n  f8n  f8n!  I  want  to  thank  

anyone  who  ever  came  to  any  of  the  playg)oups.  We  always  enjoy  having  you  around  and  hope  you  enjoy  coming  as  well. So  summerBime  is Â ďŹ nally  here  (and  the  sun Â ďŹ nally  decided  to  join  it  as  well),  and  soon  the  WAC  will  also  go  on  a   summer  vacation.  The  nexB  year  will  bring  a  few  changes  to  the  playg)oups  so  please  check  the  website  and  WOT  for   updates.   We  were  thinking  of  meeting  up  once  a  week  (outdoors  on  beautif8l  days,  indoors  if  it's  raining)  to  keep  the  whole   playg)oup  vibe  going  without  act8ally  going  to  the  WAC.  If  you  are  interested  in  receiving  inforMation  about  where  we   will  meet  each  week,  please  send  me  an  email  to  danna.levy.hoMann@gMail.com  and  let  me  know.   Wishing  everPone  a  beautif8l,  hot,  sunny  summer! Danna  

Little Feet Playgroup warmly invites mums, dads, carers and children from 0-2 to join in their summer of fun activities! 14th May 21st May 28th May 4th June 11th June 18th June 25th June 2nd June 9th July 16th July

Ball pit and balloons Light BANK HOLIDAY Water play - please contact playgroup leader for location Music Hand and Foot prints Jelly Art Playdough Water Play- please contact playgroup leader for location HOLIDAYS

Each week we will have a different theme and the children will have the opportunity to participate in structured activities around the theme. If you have anything that you could bring for a particular theme then please feel free e.g. a torch for the light week or a tub of jelly for jelly day.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information please contact Laura on 076 715 8964.


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